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YMMV / Retro Studios

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  • Fandom Rivalry: With Retro having worked on both series, there is a rift between Metroid fans and Donkey Kong Country fans, with both fanbases accusing the other for their games stealing the spotlight. This isn't helped by both series being victim to long droughts between new installments compared to most other Nintendo franchises.
  • My Real Daddy: After the failure of Metroid: Other M, the fanbase came to decide that Retro is the only developer that can do Metroid justice in 3D. This sentiment increased after the mixed reception of Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Even Nintendo themselves arguably views the company as this, fully rebooting all production of Metroid Prime 4 with Retro at the helm after a previous development team failed to meet quality standards.
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  • Spiritual Successor: A subset of Nintendo fans consider them the second coming of Rare, due to also being a Western developer that first gained its fame by revitalizing a dormant Nintendo property. Retro creating their own series of Donkey Kong Country games also add to this viewpoint, as well as the fact that Nintendo even acquired Retro around the time it declined to purchase Rare.